Load-Bearing SB Construction King 2003

Written by esba

One hundred years of experience with load-bearing plastered straw bale structures, along with a number of laboratory tests worldwide, show these wall systems to be capable of supporting substantial service loads. When properly baled, stacked, and detailed, and plastered on both sides with cement, lime, or earthen renders, straw bale walls can support at least residential-scale loads, and meet typical building code criteria for strength, serviceability, creep, and durability. Unplastered bale walls have been shown to provide abundant strength reserve in the elastic range, and a ductile, energy-absorbing core under dynamic or excess loads.

Author: Bruce King


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The European Straw Building Association is an independent European association, devoid of any profit making motive. The object of the Association is to promote and develop the use of straw, as a sustainable way of building in all the senses of the term “sustainable”: renewable, ecological, healthy, energy and climate efficient, social and economic.
The Association is a federation composed of organisations and people particularly concerned with the use of straw in buildings.